What is the Colorado Photographic Arts Center?

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the art of photography. We are the only nonprofit organization in Denver dedicated exclusively to photography, and the largest center for photography in the Mountain West region. Check out our About and History pages to learn more.

What can I do at CPAC?
Where is CPAC located?

CPAC is located at 1070 Bannock Street, Denver, 80204.

In early 2023, CPAC will move to a larger space at 1200 Lincoln Street in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. Learn more. 

When is CPAC open?

CPAC is open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm, and Saturday, Noon – 4 pm.

(Class times may vary.)

Where should I park?

We do not have a parking lot, but street parking is available throughout the neighborhood around CPAC. Street parking spaces may have time limitations, pay meters, or restrictions for street sweeping and snow maintenance. There are handicap spots located on Bannock St. or on the corner of 11th & Bannock. There are also parking lots/garages nearby. Please do not park in the lot next to our building, they will tow your vehicle.

Are CPAC's exhibitions free?

Yes! All of CPAC’s exhibitions are free and open to the public, year-round. 

Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are optional for visitors. All CPAC staff are fully vaccinated.

Please visit CPAC’s COVID-19 response page for the most up-to-date information.

Is CPAC wheelchair accessible?

Yes, CPAC is wheelchair accessible.

How can I exhibit my photography at CPAC?

Visit CPAC’s Call for Entry page for the latest exhibition opportunities. All CPAC members are automatically eligible to enter CPAC’s Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition. 

Additionally, every two years, CPAC presents the Month of Photography Denver festival. This massive event includes 100+ exhibitions and events throughout the Denver metro region, creating exhibition opportunities for hundreds of photographers. Visit denvermop.org to learn more. 

When is the next Month of Photography Denver festival?

The next Month of Photography Denver festival (known as “MOP”) will take place March 1 – 31, 2023. Visit denvermop.org to learn more.

Where can I view current Classes + Workshops?

View all upcoming classes and workshops, class policies, instructor bios, and more information at cpacphoto.org/education.

What skill level do I need to be to take a class?

CPAC’s classes and workshops are open to adults of all skill levels — whether you’re a beginner just learning camera settings, an intermediate photographer seeking to improve your skills, or an advanced photographer craving inspiration. We also offer summer workshops for teens and the Veterans Workshop Series, a free arts education program for Colorado-based U.S. military Veterans.

How long are CPAC's classes?

Classes vary from one-day intensive workshops to four-week, immersive courses.

How many classes and workshops does CPAC offer each year?

CPAC offers about 50 classes and workshops each year. New classes are posted in March, June, and November.

Where do classes take place?

Classes take place in person at CPAC or online. Others take place at our partner facility the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design – and at off-site locations such as artist studios or Colorado’s famous outdoors.

How do I reserve the darkroom or digital lab?

Reserving the darkroom or digital lab is easy using our online submission process.

Book the Darkroom.

Book the Digital Lab.

Can someone teach me how to use the digital lab or darkroom?

Yes! CPAC offers one-on-one tutoring sessions for the digital lab and darkroom with experienced instructors for three-hour long sessions. Pricing varies based on if you have a membership. CPAC staff do not provide tutoring for the darkroom. If you need assistance in our digital lab, you must arrange time with staff in advance and will be charged by the hour.

How is CPAC funded?

As a nonprofit organization, CPAC relies on donations from individuals, foundations, memberships, sponsorships, and income from education programming to fund our mission. Simply put, our work wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of people like you who care about photography and the artists who create it. Please consider donating today. 

Need more assistance? Please contact us at [email protected] or (303) 837-1341.